A Murder is Announced, Paperback Book

A Murder is Announced Paperback

Part of the Miss Marple series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Agatha Christie's most ingenious murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: `A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.' A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007120963

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Just as I've changed over the years, my tastes have changed as well. When my children were little, I used to while away nap time reading and Agatha was one of my first choices. I even gave the librarian a bad time because they didn't carry more of her books. Agatha's books aren't usually my first choice now, I read this one because it was the July book choice for my local Sisters in Crime group. The beginning reminded me of old black and white movies where everyone was all a flutter because of the announcement in the paper. All were under the impression it was to be a murder mystery game. When a burglar stumbles in upon the party to hold them up and gets shot someone has to determine who he was, why he was killed, and who did it. Inspector Craddock is obviously incapable of handling it without help from Miss Marple. The story is filled with quirky characters who may or may not be who they say they are. The hostess soon becomes the obvious true target but with lots of red herrings it becomes difficult to decide what is really going on. I would recommend this book to all cozy lovers. This was Agatha's 50th book published in 1950 in a simpler time set in a more picturesque setting and if you are looking for something that doesn't make you cringe or keep you up at night, this would be a good choice. Happy reading.

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